Kyle Shanahan thinks Nick Bosa is getting held a lot, 49ers have addressed it with the league

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San Francisco defensive end Nick Bosa is having another strong season, leading the NFL with six sacks through four games. But 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan thinks Bosa could do even more if offensive linemen wouldn’t get away with holding him so much.

When a reporter on Shanahan’s conference call said Bosa appears to be getting held on many plays, Shanahan replied, “I couldn’t agree with you more.”

Shanahan said Bosa has been getting held since his rookie of the year-winning season in 2019, and the 49ers often send plays in to the league office to ask why Bosa isn’t drawing more flags.

“It’s something I’ve seen a lot with him since he’s been here, going back to his first year in the Super Bowl. So it’s always been tough. We turn everything in every week. Sometimes they agree, sometimes they don’t,” Shanahan said.

Shanahan said there’s not much the 49ers can do other than continue to point out to the league that Bosa is getting held.

“You just hope it improves,” Shanahan said.

36 responses to “Kyle Shanahan thinks Nick Bosa is getting held a lot, 49ers have addressed it with the league

  1. He’s not wrong. Most of the good pass rushers in the league are held on almost every play and the league doesn’t care because they want points on the board so that people will watch because offense brings so that people will watch because offense brings eyes

  2. I think the same thing could be said about players like TJ Watt and Parsons. If they were not being held they most likely would get 2-3 per games.

  3. Whether it’s because athletes are getting stronger, faster, and freakier over the years or because the NFL wants to continue the trend of prioritizing fireworks on the offense, I’m seeing slightly less holding penalties than I’m used to so far this season. As a football fan first and foremost, it does help the flow of the game. Boss is one of the freakiest athletes in the game, and he’s a superstar with lots of eyeballs on him, so it follows that people will notice he gets held and it doesn’t get called. I doubt it’s personal. I think the NFL is trying to be as laissez faire with holds as possible for the sake of game flow, only calling the egregious ones. As a fan of the sport, I like it so long as it doesn’t affect my team lol

  4. Oh that explains why the worst OL in the league was able to stop him in the Bears game.

  5. bengal4573 says:
    October 5, 2022 at 4:52 am
    He’s not wrong. Most of the good pass rushers in the league are held on almost every play and the league doesn’t care because they want points on the board so that people will watch because offense brings so that people will watch because offense brings eyes

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    It’s this times a thousand. If the 49ers go down a couple scores like magic the officials will start noticing that Bosa is getting held and locate their yellow flags.

  6. If your team falls behind early, they’ll call the penalty. The ref’s job is to hold the TV audience. They need to keep the games close. Who do you think is paying all those salaries? Where do you think all that money comes from? The sponsors won’t pay out all that money if nobody is watching.

  7. logicalone says:
    October 5, 2022 at 4:52 am
    I think the same thing could be said about players like TJ Watt and Parsons. If they were not being held they most likely would get 2-3 per games.
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    and Miles Garrett

  8. “I’m seeing slightly less holding penalties than I’m used to so far this season. As a football fan first and foremost, it does help the flow of the game.”

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    The clock doesn’t stop after a sack, sooooo…

  9. There are a lot penalties throughout every game that are not called. Since he is the only one publicly whining, I will now poke fun. Why does Kyle have a winning record with Jimmy G and a losing record with every other QB. Does the opponent hold bosa more in games started by other QBs? Maybe don’t replace Jimmy G with a more injury prone, strong armed yet inaccurate QB.

  10. Man Kahlil Mack would literally get mugged when he played in Chicago. Bosa isn’t the first, nor is he the last to get held all the time.

  11. Happens a lot in the AFC West – NFL has an officiating problem – Raiders all 4 games Chandler Jones has had people riding his back and the refs still haven’t called one hold on him

  12. The league has been handicapping defense for decades. For better or for worse the modern game is different.

  13. Those Bosa boys are really good… at whining about refs and rehabbing soft tissue injuries.

  14. I remember Tony Gonzalez would get held every play all game of his career, and the refs would never call it.

  15. LOL! Let’s address ANYONE playing the Packers!! They hold with impunity and have since Favre first got there and the leniency has gotten even worse to protect Rodgers.

  16. It’s true. He gets put in a rear naked choke every play. No flags. Ridiculous.

  17. He needs to watch Parsons play a game. He is being held on every other play and not getting called. Bosa did not seem to get held very much the other night but Parson in that Washington game actually got held every other play.

  18. OK – here I go stating the obvious – but. In every game, in every single play, there is holding, always has been and always will be. Period. Question – as an official – how do you pick your poison???

  19. There’s not a single GM in the NFL who would take Aaron Donald over Nick Bosa. And not simply due to big age difference. Nick is the best D lineman in the league, with Madd Maxx not far behind.

  20. “Those Bosa boys are really good… at whining about refs and rehabbing soft tissue injuries.”

    Neither Bosa complained. Shanahan didn’t complain, either. A REPORTER said that it appears that Bosa is being held. Shanahan simply agreed.

  21. Every pass rusher gets held a lot.

    The best offensive linemen are the ones who are able to most effectively mask it from the refs. Or the ones who have such clout and name recognization that they can get away with it.

  22. senatorblutarski says:
    October 5, 2022 at 8:26 am
    logicalone says:
    October 5, 2022 at 4:52 am
    I think the same thing could be said about players like TJ Watt and Parsons. If they were not being held they most likely would get 2-3 per games.
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    Respect to all these pass rushers but Bosa is double teamed more than any of these guys by a mile. Holding is likely correlated.

  23. lawrence stacy says:
    October 5, 2022 at 11:05 am
    He needs to watch Parsons play a game. He is being held on every other play and not getting called. Bosa did not seem to get held very much the other night but Parson in that Washington game actually got held every other play.
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    Please – Parsons is good but there’s a reason Bosa is double teamed more than any edge rushers in the league. He’s better and more feared than Parsons.

  24. Mink Parsons is never held. That is his natural selfishness getting in the way. He’s being overused and will one day be off the roster and that defense will never be the same.

  25. Shanahan thinks Nick is being held too much? Well, there’s jealousy on every team but what happens in the Clara locker room should stay in the Clara locker room.

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